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Does Hollywood Have a Foreign Policy?

Tinseltown’s biggest films tend to be highly critical of American power, but also reinforce the idea that the rest of the world is a place best avoided.

Joshua E. Keating |


Handle with Care

Japan is Washington's most important Asian ally. But in some ways it's also the trickiest.

Christian Caryl |


House of Cards Is a House of Cards

Why can't Americans do political intrigue like the Brits?

Emma G. Keller |


Sink or Swim

Why doesn't America train its diplomats?

Nicholas Kralev |


Don't Fear the Migrants

What America really needs to worry about is when they stop coming.

Frank Jacobs |

Slide Show

Forget the Flowers and Candy

Images from the women's rights rallies that have been taking place around the world this week.

Neha Paliwal |

Christian Caryl

What George W. Bush Did Right

The 43rd president of the United States did a great thing for humankind -- but most Americans have no idea.

Christian Caryl |


Concrete Action

How President Obama can get more bang for America's infrastructure renewal buck.

Richard Dobbs |


The Case for TAFTA

Why Obama's call for a free trade agreement between the United States and Europe could be a game-changer.

Kati Suominen |

The New New Normal

Escape Velocity

The president's State of the Union address is the best place to focus responsibility and re-launch the American economy. Because the real problem is Washington. 

Mohamed A. El-Erian |

David Rothkopf

If Obama Were a Truth-Teller

Here’s what he would say on Tuesday night.

David Rothkopf |


Whoppers of the Union

Fact-checking a decade's worth of the president's big speech.

Daniel W. Drezner |


The Wisdom of the Market

Forget politics and ideology. It's the Dow that should guide America's path to renewed prosperity.

Peter Blair Henry |


Obama Embraces Big Nuke Cuts

Obama and his advisors agree the U.S. needs fewer weapons.


The List

The World’s Best Post Offices

The much-maligned U.S. Postal Service stacks up surprisingly well in international rankings.

Joshua E. Keating |


Enhance This Interrogation

The Senate confirmation hearings need to get to the bottom of the truth about CIA chief nominee John Brennan.

Andrea J. Prasow |


Can Kerry Fill Clinton's Shoes?

Times have changed when the foreign policy world is wondering if a man can do a woman’s job.

Tamara Cofman Wittes |


America’s Game

Why don't other countries like football?

Joshua E. Keating |

Reality Check

Second Time's the Charm?

Congratulations, John Kerry. You own the peace process now. Here's how not to screw it up.

Aaron David Miller |


The People's Republic of Hacking

China’s campaign of cyber attacks has reached epidemic proportions. Can anything be done to stop it?

Adam Segal |


Atomic Bond

Does Hagel’s nomination mean Obama will cut the nuclear arsenal?

Kingston Reif |


Not Just Another Movie

Zero Dark Thirty lies. End of story.

Amy Zegart |


Why Combat Matters

Are you kidding me? Of course it's important that Hagel fought in Vietnam.

Lawrence J. Korb |

Think Again

Think Again: Immigration

After Republicans' election-year drubbing, the United States has an historic opportunity to fix its broken immigration system. And the arguments against reform simply don't hold up anymore.

Shannon O’Neil |

David Rothkopf

The Next Appointments

Obama is about to name a new international economic team. Will he use this opportunity wisely?

David Rothkopf |


Hands Across the Atlantic

It's high time for a free trade agreement between the United States and Europe. In fact, it's exactly what our economies need.

Chris Brummer |

The List

Combat Roles

Women have been fighting and dying in America’s wars for years. Here are eight who were killed in action last year.

Joshua E. Keating |


An Idea Whose Time Has Come

It's not just Obama -- the entire world is ready to get serious about climate change. 

Amy Myers Jaffe |


Rainbow Coalition

A gay rights revolution is sweeping across the Americas. It's time for Washington to catch up.

J. Lester Feder |


You Can't Change the Climate from Inside Washington

If Obama wants to make good on his inaugural promise, he’ll need to remember the lessons he learned as a community organizer.

Theda Skocpol |